Coded, symbolic references to spiritual alchemy can be found in many sacred texts around the world and across thousands of years. It has been referred to as the bridal chamber of the Gnostic/esoteric Christians, Maithuna in the East (as a practice found within some Tantric traditions), the practice of HeQi in Taoism, alchemy in medieval and Renaissance Europe (symbolized as the alchemical transformation of lead into gold), working with sacred fire, etc.
Alchemy has often been misunderstood and mischaracterized as a literal process for creating gold or as a way of satisfying physical desires. Understood in its proper context, spiritual alchemy is something much more profound: using the natural creative energies of the human body, activated in the sexual union of male and female, for spiritual transformation.
In spiritual alchemy, the sexual energy is directed inwards to the creation of spiritual things within, rather than lost and directed outwards through orgasm. In the religion of the sun it is a practice only to be carried out privately between a couple either married or committed to be married, as it requires love and monogamous commitment for it to work.
References to this practice can be found in the following places:
- The Acts of Thomas translated by M. R. James, The Apocryphal New Testament, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1924
- The Bhagavad Gita translated by Shri Purohit Swami
- Enlightenment is Hidden in Sex by Belsebuub
- The Essene Gospel of Peace translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, Book Four, International Biogenic Society, USA, 1981, p. 13
- Jesus, Gospel of John 1:9-13, 3:1-7, King James Version
- Jesus, Gospel of John 3:6-7, New International Version®
- The Gospel of Philip translated by Wesley W. Isenberg in James M. Robinson (Ed.), The Nag Hammadi Library in English, HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1990, pp. 148, 150, 151, 158
- Hermes (quoted in The Stone of the Philosophers) in A. E. Waite (Trans.), The Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelly, James Elliott and Co., London, 1893, p. 35
- Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu translated by Brian Browne Walker, HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1995, pp. 80, 83-85, 88-89
- Hymn to Kali translated by Arthur Avalon (Sir John George Woodroffe), London, Luzac & Co., 1922, p. 91
- The Mahabharata translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, Book 12: Santi Parva, c. 1883-1896., p. 100
- The Prashna Upanishad in Eknath Easwaran (Trans.), The Upanishads, Nilgiri Press, Berkeley, 2007, p. 227
- The Secret of the Golden Flower (recorded by a member of the Religion of Light under the adept Lu Yen ) translated by Richard Wilhelm, translated from German to English by Cary F. Baynes, Harcourt Brace & Company, San Diego, 1962, pp. 22-23, 26-28, 31, 32, 71
You can find extracts from ancient texts describing alchemy below. We’ll add more as we find them.
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